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About PaintHorseKate81

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    The ORIGINAL Gypsy Cowgirl!
  • Birthday 11/09/1981

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    Rutherford County, NC
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    Horses, Travel, My Dogs, and Cowboys!!!<br /><br />That's the short list anyways. . .<br />I love photography. . . and wish I had more time to devote to being a camera geek. <br />I'm a karaoke fiend. . . I'll take the mic whenever a chance presents itself. <br />I'm an avid reader, crafter, and dumpster diver. . . I find discarded furniture, give it a makeover, and rehome it. <br /><br />There is plenty more. . . but EH! There IS something to be said for keeping a little mystery.
  1. Sorry I've been so long gone! I'm sorry to say Im currently without a computer. No idea when I'll get that situation fixed. Until then, I have to settle for a few stolen moments on friends computers. Hope all is well with y'all.
  2. Whoa! Quite as the day is long here lately! Anybody heard from our dear Jack?
  3. Poking my head in to let y'all know I'm alive and missing my friends! Things have just been incredibly hectic and busy since I came back from my visit home! Hope all is well! I'll try to get back here and give a little update tonight or tomorrow!
  4. Sorry jack! I thought I captioned that picture! That's my mom and pop in the third picture. Sittin here this morning with my coffee and really missing weekend coffee and gossip with my mom. :-( Think I'll go call her. Isn't Olivia just the cutest? My brothers and sisters have pretty much always had really pretty babies. . . But I think little Livvy takes the cake for being the prettiest and sweetest. She smiles and giggles all the time. Such a happy little thing! Hope you have a swell weekend Jack!
  5. Greetings Jack! I come to you bearing gifts! Gifts in the form of pictures! Had a really good time visiting my family and friends in Illinois! My brother was a gem and arranged the trip for me. He bought my ticket in exchange for me watching his two girls while him and his wife went to Mexico for their 15 year wedding anniversary. Not really much to TELL, so I'll just give ya a few photos. (not in chronological order) My new niece, Olivia Me and the two nieces I was watching during my trip hone. Me and more of my kidlets Just a little toasted at the bar where my cousin manages and bartends. (he's that handsome redhead Im huggin on in the pic) I got a double dose of baby when I went home. My second brothers wife had their third baby almost 2 months ago. This is me with their two girls and little Tommy jr. Girls night out! Bowling and drinkin beer! The young man that worked behind the counter slipped me his phone number as we were leaving. First time that's ever happened to me! LOL Sportin my friends 'nerd' glasses... now where is that pocket protector??? Hope you enjoy the pics Jack! I may have more later. . . still waiting on some friends and family to email me the pics they got on their phones and cameras.
  6. All is well with me Jack! Most of those bad storms passed well north of where I live, by several hours. I so appreciate the concern and am sorry I didn't see this sooner so i could let y'all know I'm fine! Been a busy busy month. I've actually been home in Illinois for the past week and a half. I fly back to North Carolina. . . well. . . today I guess. LOL. Flight takes off at 6pm. It's been a busy visit home. Lots of friends and family to catch up with and now I feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation! LOL But of course it's right back to work on Thursday morning! OY VEY. That wont be fun! I'll get back with some pics of my trip as soon as I'm able, but today/tomorrow will be mighty busy and difficult. . . so it may be a few days before I check back in. Hope y'all are doing just fine and dandy! Have a good one!
  7. Sounds like you solved that problem Jack! How many saddles you have in the works right now? :-) I bet you're so happy to have your wife home again! Well. . . as I said. . . it was a rough week. Got better after Wednesday, but I'm glad it's over. On Tuesday, a horse at one of my barn jobs went down with spinal/neuro issues. He was perfectly normal when I groomed him and tacked him up for his rider (owner is pregnant, so not riding). Twenty minutes later he was dragging his hind end. We barely got him into a stall and the tack off before he went down. It was awful. The owners wound up having him put down mid morning on Wednesday after trying to pull him through the night and see if he'd recover some with aggressive steroid, dmso and banamine doses. What a sad loss. One of the few warmbloods I've come across with a pleasant, respectful, non-pushy attitude. On top of that. . . it rained all week. . . so I was basically a shriveled prune every day. Friday was the best though. Only worked a half day. Ran home to meet the vet for vaccinations and Coggins on Lando, then I picked up my cousin from the airport. He's hiking/camping with friends down this way this weekend. We went to dinner in Asheville and wandered around for a bit before I drove him out to meet his friends. So nice to see some family. It's been nearly a year since I've had actual family contact besides phone calls. I'll be going home for ten days to visit on the 18th of this month. . . Looking forward to that!
  8. Just swinging by to say hello to Jack! Been a really rough week and Im GLAD it's the weekend. . . will swing back in again later and let ya know what went down.
  9. GreyWolf. . . I totally just saw your post! I wasnt ignoring you! I promise! I totally would be frustrated with the people who didnt put the effort in! It would be very discouraging. I love the Renaissance costumes. I try to hit the Ren Faires in the summer. . . at least one weekend. It's too fun! Ummm. . . my sewing 'skills' such as they are. . . (not really very good at all) My mom is a seamstress, among many other talents and skills. She did her best to pass on at least SOME of it. Though I'll admit. . . I'm not near as skilled as she is. . . I still call her and ask her to walk me through things. hehe
  10. So on Sunday, my bestest bud, Chris and I hauled our horses to a local farm that hosts extreme cowboy races. We spent about four hours playing on their obstacle course. OH MY BUNNY! We had such a blast! Chris was on her 23 yrs young Arab. . . and I was obviously on my Lando. Our game plan was just to take it easy and slow on the different obstacles. The course is well stocked. . . deep ditches, moguls, winding trenches, water crossings, log jumps, a teeter totter bridge, cowboy curtain, etc. Chris had some issues with the cowboy curtain. Her arab is very VERY touchy about his head. Issues he's had since she got him years ago. She did eventually manage to lead him through several times, but he wasn't having any of being ridden through. Lando did awesome on the curtain though! I let him check it out really good, let him check it out and realize he could move it with his nose. Led him through four or five times so he got the feel of the flaps brushing his head and neck and sides. Took a couple minutes for him to figure out how to get through without me leading him. I'll tell ya what though. . . once he figured it out he HAD it. We'd approach and his ears were always forward, and he'd start stretching out his nose to find the gap in the plastic that he liked. By the end of the day he was trotting through the curtains without the slightest hesitation. Lando didnt even blink at the teeter totter! I've seen horses bugger off the side of it when it tips down, or just flat out refuse to step foot on it. The moguls are actually very deceptive to look at. They look like nice, easy mounds of dirt. . . but the suckers are steep. The idea on the is to take them dead center, up one side and down the other, while maintaining whatever gait you entered the obstacle at. . . WAY harder than it sounds or looks! Water crossings are not an issue at all! He catches on so quickly! Log jump! Lando THOUGHT this log was much bigger than it really is! OH. . . and I was so excited. . . He actually got his right lead on landing. . . and maintained it! He didnt switch it like he usually does! And one final pic. . . Tookie and Lando are FWENDS!
  11. Well Jack. . . he started out as a rogue. . . (his choice. lol) But after the knighting we referred to him as our little Lordling. lol
  12. And that's all folks! So today. . . we're hauling our horses to the one farm thats pretty local that hosts cowboy races. We're going to play on their cowboy course. . . try some new things. Lando's gonna meet the cowboy curtain! And the Three Step! hehe Way excited!
  13. So Chris and I took her nephew to a little Renaissance Festival that the middle school put on yesterday. Of COURSE we had to go in costume! And have to say. . . little Noah was the BEST DRESSED kid there! I think Chris and I were NEARLY as well dresed as he was. . . though I gotta admit. The fit on my dress/bodice needs some tweaking. I made it when I was 20lbs heavier and it shifts and bunches in places. . . not exactly the slim, pleasing lines I was going for, ya know? lol After a bit at the faire, we went out for lunch noms at a local mexican restaurant. DEFINITELY got some strange looks from the other patrons and the wait staff. hehe And then we had the grand, bright idea to. . . head to the barn! Take some pictures there! On horseback! YAY For costume pics on horses! Anyways. . . lots and lots of fun. . . Waaaay tired right now. . . But not so tired I cant share some photos with y'all! Little Noah's AWESOME outfit Chris made her dress. . . with a little help from me on fit and pattern modifications Me and my dress... Made this one a couple years ago. . . and I've lost weight so the bodice really is far too big. . . loose and bunchy in all the wrong places. . . but yah.
  14. Hey Jack! So you've got the house to yourself for a bit eh? Im a firm believer in the benefits of an occasional ice cream pig out. Sounds like you enjoyed yours! And way to go on selling the saddle you won! Thats basically free money, right!?!?!? My friend Chris and I hit up a local little tack and horse auction on Saturday night. I got a new bridle for Lando. I think he looks downright handsome in it. We did some exploring on some of the new trails that the barn owner has been clearing across the creek on their property. Which is awesome. . . because now Lando is getting lots of practice on his water crossings. It's all very new to him, but he gets brave and confident really quick once he realizes that he can tackle these obstacles without a problem. Yesterday (sunday) was only the second time we've taken on water crossings. . . He handled em like a champ! I'll admit to being a bit of a proud mama. Cant help it. . . he's my baby and I'm so proud when he gets something quickly. (I'm such a girl when it comes to my horse! hehe) Anyways. . . it was a lovely ride. . . I'll share a few pics Lando's new bridle My friend Chris and her 23yr old Arab over the barrels
  15. Spent a long, very chilly and very soggy day out in the elements working. Horses dont stop eating/pooping/etc just b/c it's raining. ALAS. . . I'm so very tired right now. Just popping in to say hello. I hope y'all are having a good week! Catch y'all later! I'm off to bed.